GUEST COMMENTARY: Why 'land of the free' is more than a lyric

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:16 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 8, 2012

The hardest line to sing in the “Star-Spangled Banner” is also the most important. “O’er the land of the free …” with its character-building high note has been the bane of even professional singers.